A popular Roman saying goes like, “You never have won the war until you actually fight one.” Similarly, it would be foolish to assume that just because you have equipped your house and workplace with the fire safety equipment like fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, emergency evacuation plans, etc.; you can tackle all sorts of fire hazards and save your valued lives and property. How efficient the equipment you put up and whether or not the arrangements you have made serve their destined purpose is also a major area of concern, which is rather underestimated.
Such concern of yours is resolved by Fire Compliance Testing. Compliance testing, in a simple way, is the process of the overall fulfillment of all required fire protection measures under recommended standards bound by the local authorities As required by the law itself, it deals with regular servicing of your fire equipment and necessary tweaks regarding the same if any is needed, that ensures that it is ready to perform in its full capacity in the event of any fire emergency. The process generally includes the following procedures:
- Inspection of all installed fire equipment followed by testing of their functionality
- Prevention and reactive maintenance in case any is required in the existing equipment
- Insurance of existing fire safety measures are in accordance with required obligations
- Survey and certification of the equipment that enables documentation necessary for the Annual Fire Safety Statement
The most common example would be that of a fire extinguisher. The use of a fire extinguisher depends upon the type of fire. It also has an expiry date considering the chemicals used in it while a different form would require a refill. When a compliance testing is done, all of such updates and required changes are well taken care of. All of your other systems require similar addressing of their problems and only proper resolving those issues can help them sere their actual purposes.
Fire Extinguishers come in different shapes and sizes and there are different types of fire extinguishers to provide protection against different classifications of fire.
Not all types of fire extinguishers work for all types of fire.
Class A fire (fire in wood, paper textile etc) can be extinguished effectively by ABE dry powder extinguishers, water extinguishers and foam extinguishers.
Class B fire (fuel fire) can be extinguished by using ABE dry powder extinguishers, foam extinguishers and Co2 extinguishers.
Class E fire (electrical fire) can be extinguished by using Co2 extinguishers and ABE extinguishers.
Class F fire (fats fire): Where heating of cooking oil is involved, allowance will need to be made for Wet Chemical extinguishers with Class F rating.
DO NOT USE THESE EXTINGUISHERS IN FOLLOWING SITUATIONS
FIRE IN FRYING PAN OR DEEP FRYER: For Fires in Frying pan with oil, NEVER use water to put out fire as it becomes very dangerous and it will produce the ball of fire instantly. It can lead to fatal accidents. In this situation wet chemical extinguisher must be used
Water extinguishers and foam extinguishers MUST NOT be used to put out electric fire as it can electrocute the user. Foam is a good conductor of electricity. Dry powder extinguisher and Co2 extinguishers are best performers in this situation.
During the inspection and servicing of fire extinguishers, as a provider, it is also our duty of care to advise our clients of the compliance of extinguishers in terms of design, coverage, size, and types of fire extinguishers and to report accordingly.
Fire compliance testing is important for safety. It is also important for council certification, occupancy certificate, Annual Fire Safety Statement, insurance coverage etc.
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